Seven family members rescued from rip currents in Emerald Isle

EMERALD ISLE, N.C. (AP) — Officials in a North Carolina beach town say seven members of a Virginia family were pulled from the surf on the first day warnings had been lifted for swimmers.

News outlets report the rescue at Emerald Isle was one of six during low tide on Thursday. The family was vacationing from Edinburgh, Virginia, and authorities said no injuries were reported.

Officials in Emerald Isle said that during an 11-day span ending Wednesday, fire and lifeguard crews rescued 84 people. Last week, a Virginia man died trying to rescue a 12-year-old girl from the rip currents.

Town Manager Frank Rush and Mayor Eddie Barber told The News & Observer of Raleigh the town was implementing an ordinance to make sure swimmers heed red flags which warn them of dangerous conditions. If a swimmer ignores red flags and lifeguard or police warnings to stay out of the ocean, they could fined $100, Rush said.

Rush didn’t know how many people the six ocean rescues involved. He said an exact number might be available when reports are completed on Friday.

The rip current warning was moderate Friday, indicating swimmers should use caution when entering the water.

Black flags were flying Friday at Pine Knoll Shores, while red flags are up at Atlantic Beach and Fort Macon, warning swimmers to stay out of the ocean.

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